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Bike to the Farmers Market

April 14 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

| Free
Anyone who rides their bike to the Sunday Rillito Park Farmers Market will get a FREE ice tea from Transit Tea and more discounts from many of the vendors! Just ride in on your bike and mention how far you rode to receive one of our bike-friendly discounts! Forget the bike lock, BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage) will be offering a FREE bike valet. Check out the list of vendor discounts announced closer to the date or visit our Market Info Booth that morning!  Plus, enjoy live music from world-renowned Native American flute player R. Carlos Nakai. Look for Tucson Village Farm who will be hosting a family fun activity!


At first thought, the idea of biking to the farmers market on a sunny April morning seems quite idyllic. However, the logistics––like how to store your food, keep it cool, and get a dozen pastured eggs home safely––can seem daunting. With a bit of forethought and planning, you can bike to and from the market with little hassle or concern.


  • Bike panniers or a large backpack
  • Reusable bags
  • Ice packs, for safely transporting meat and cheese
  • Tea towel
  • Tupperware container

Begin your preparation at home. Use the “Fresh at the Market” list on our website to make a list of what you need at the market and organize the items by category: produce, meat, dairy, dry goods, etc. Once you have a tentative idea of what you’re getting at the market, you can begin to plan the best way to transport everything safely and efficiently.

The easiest way to transport goods to and from the market on two wheels is with bike panniers, which prevent you from having to carry a heavy bag on your back; however, a large backpack can serve your needs sufficiently. Be sure to bring a reusable bag or two to gather your goods as you make your way through the market. Once you’ve collected everything you need for a delicious week of local meals, take a few minutes to step away from the market festivities and repack your bags for the ride home.

To safely transport cold-storage items like meat and cheese, pack a few frozen ice packs in your bag and use them to keep these items cool on your journey home from the market. Store these highly perishable items, along with ice packs, at the bottom of your bag. Protect fragile items, like eggs and tomatoes, from breaking and bruising by wrapping a kitchen towel or t-shirt around egg cartons and packing delicate produce in a lidded container. Store these items at the top of your bag and ensure that no heavy items are placed on top of them. Bumps in the road can prove to be a bigger threat to delicate foods, so take The Loop––and extensive and well-paved bike path––for as much of your ride as possible. Once you experience how easy it is to bike to the farmers market (and back), you’ll want to do it every week! Happy riding!


April 14
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Heirloom Farmers Market


Rillito Park Farmers Market
4502 N. 1st Ave. (SE Side of Parking Lot
Tucson, 85718 United States
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